Here you can find an overview of what issues the committee has discussed and what sort of resolutions were addressed.
2019 – 2020
- Test taking options
- Messy student lounge and study rooms
- Diversity awareness
- PA attendance policy
- Gym closer to the college
- No change, Canvas is only option
- Organized structured class clean up and monthly deep clean
- Diversity social held and other events planned
- Reviewed by faculty
- Report form on website
- Free weights on pathways
- Administration/faculty communicates regularly with students and information available on website
Short Summary for each program
Review sessions were scheduled for fall classes. The CLG presentation for Step 1 was good and helped the class work through the directions and scheduling test time. Due to the pandemic, Step 1 exams were being cancelled. Despite these challenges most of the class was able to test before fall semester began.
At the beginning of the fall semester the class was stressed about mandatory events during exam week and lengthy CLG meetings. Dr. Dede provided a learning session on daily management and how to cope. The class pooled half of their printing allowance to help classmates who needed a little more that others. The class struggles a bit with professionalism and Zoom lecture etiquette. An email was sent and well received.
Diversity liaisons were busy structuring the committee. In early spring they began monthly lunch meeting workshops. They recognized and celebrated Black History Month with a poster gallery walk. For MLK they had orchestrated a Day of Service- road clean up. The liaisons are working to connect with local middle/high school for a Science Day to encourage under-represented minorities of the opportunities to expand learning though science. Ending out the year, a new class orientation on diversity plan is in place for the fall.
The new director is active and addressing student's concerns. When COVID-19 closed down the campus, students were concerned they would need to extend their time here to receive adequate completion of program. Some began returning to campus in May. The spring Symposium went very well, with great speakers. The program are excited to have new students.
Transitions from summer to fall and from fall to spring presented some challenges (study habits and non-structure schedules). By the spring students focus turned more to patient care than stress on test scores. Some students had the opportunity to go on the spring break missions trips. Despite the pandemic, spirits were up and test scores were fine. Students are looking forward to clinical rotations in the summer.
2018 – 2019
- Food trucks
- Prayer room
- Nursing rooms
- Internet access in HMEB
- Professionalism issues
- New Diversity role
- New parking structure planned, RTS expanded routes, Student adjust schedules
- Follow-up resulted – not permitted
- 5th floor of HMEB
- 1st floor of HMEB
- Servers updated, issues resolved
- Report on website
- Implemented Diversity chair for 1st and 2nd YR classes
Short Summary for each program
Students were concerned there was no formal tutoring resources available ; this is being worked on. Setting up mentors for the 1st YR's small groups was very helpful. Initially, some student were struggling with professionalism, but it seems to have been resolved. Student leaders questioned about getting some sort of suicide prevention training. Dr. Dede is working with them. When faced with PhD mentor concerns, they were directed to reach out to administration.
Early in the year, students were uncertain where/how to pay fees. They were directed to MyUFL – One.UF. They set in place an events committee to help establish unity. Mid semester a change in leadership brought some anxiety among the students. Communication with the new leadership helped to calm the concerns. They set up a Medical Science Training Program Student Council and had their first meeting. Students are interested in having a handbook with a combination of COM and Clinical practicum that references Policy and Procedures. Students ended the year optimistic and looking forward to rotations.
The 4th YR class began the fall busy with applications and scheduling Step 2. Students requested a timeline to help with staying on track. Dr. Collins reached out to Dr. Duff. Student's wrote a proposal to the curriculum committee regarding the attendance policy for interviews. Student felt there was a lack of specific Sub I for specialties,Skit night was cancelled due to poor taste. Match Day was held at the O'Connell Center, students were overwhelmed by the number in attendance. Alumni Affairs provided refreshments rather than a meal and kept it simple. This seem to work well.
Students inquired about where is a "safe place" to speak their minds. CLG and well rounds are safe places; however, boundaries centered around behavior need to be in place. Students felt the grading policy was too harsh and they didn't know where the fall.
Students appreciated the email regarding expenses. Financial Aid disbursements were causing students to seek short term loans and emergency funds. A group session with Jim Gorske was set up to help with anxiety and stress. Students expressed needing a better lead time for MBMS exam. Students set up a coffee coalition. Student inquired about how to deliver CLG leader feedback, topic discussed and representative communicated to class.
Early in the second semester the students we concerned about the long semester ahead. To mentally prepare, some suggestions were brought up. Some were: to reach out to counseling, plan social events, and do small things; such as coffee and snacks for study time.
Early fall semester the students linked up with Medical Student running club. They initiated "Grateful Gator" and pass around a plush gator to those who help make someone's life better. Students expressed tutors are a limited resource and the issue was resolved by forming small study groups. Mid-year the PA program had a change in leadership which resulted in feelings of tension withing the class, mistrust between students and faculty. The program meet with the Dean to resolve these concerns. Students also expressed the attendance policy is inconsistent, Dr. Collins will follow up with the dean.